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Old May 24 2009, 03:29 AM   #31
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I always wondered why the damn Batmobile didn't have those full bubble canopies that the original Futura had. I mean, sure, it looks nice, but what happens when it rains in Gotham?
They deploy the Emergency Bat-Umbrella, of course. Which leads to confusion when Penguin is on the loose...
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Old May 24 2009, 04:22 AM   #32
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DIE CAMPY BATMAN! DIE!


What's wrong with a spoof? This show is to Batman what Spaceballs was to Star Wars.

What I don't understand is why it's never been seen that way.
Exactly. It was always intended to be an over-the-top parody of 1940's movie serials. People have this misconception about the show, that it took itself seriously and now looks silly in retrospect. It was a comedy.
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Old May 24 2009, 05:12 AM   #33
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^Actually it was an ironically faithful recreation of the way Batman comics were actually done in the 1960s -- the colorful scenery and costumes, the goofy crimes and deathtraps, the big labels on everything, the stilted dialogue. Even the cliffhanger aspect reflected the way comics were structured at the time -- even though stories usually lasted only one issue, the issues tended to be divided into 2 or 3 chapters, a holdover from the days when a single comic contained maybe three 8-page stories per issue.

Otherwise, you're right. The Adam West Batman was a sitcom. If you compare it to The Green Hornet from the same producers, which was played straight, it's even more obvious that Batman was meant for laughs. TGH has some silly or awkward elements (mainly a tendency to cut between nighttime stock footage of the Black Beauty auto to daytime or bad day-for-night new footage), but it was a totally different beast from Batman, with less outre criminals and plots, more violence and death, and more naturalistic acting.
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Old May 24 2009, 07:11 PM   #34
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I always wondered why the damn Batmobile didn't have those full bubble canopies that the original Futura had. I mean, sure, it looks nice, but what happens when it rains in Gotham?
They deploy the Emergency Bat-Umbrella, of course. Which leads to confusion when Penguin is on the loose...
As much as I love the Futura, I've always thought, if it had gone into full production, those full bubbles would have been an instant-decap death trap in almost any collision. Especially after Jayne Mansfield, there's no way that would have survived for very long.

BTW, I don't know if there's any left, and they are at a hyper-premium, but if you go to Hollywood-Diecast.com you can find a link to a place where George Barris is selling custom miniatures of the classic 66 -mobile.

One sad thing about losing the originals is also a hopeful thing in another respect. Heirs and estates are sometimes willing to make deals that their forebears never would. I've heard tell some level of personal animosity between Murdoch and some at WB may play a role in this not moving fwd, so maybe when they all leave, who knows? We could see some movement.

As opposed to the day we learn that the small planes carrying Didio and Quesada collided. Then, worldwide, we will see much rejoicing.
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Old May 24 2009, 10:37 PM   #35
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The sad thing is that Adam West is really a superb actor. But in Batman, he was asked to overact like mad, and he was so brilliant at meeting the parameters of the role that people actually believed he was a bad actor. But you have to be a fine actor to overact that perfectly.
One wonders what it would have been like if they did play it straight...Frank Gorshin's Riddler came close to being a serious character...he played him like you could tell he was a psychopath.
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Old May 25 2009, 12:23 AM   #36
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Okay, I have to ask. What's the American Life cable channel?
It's basically a nostalgia channel aimed at older viewers and showing reruns of lots of shows from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. It's the only place I've ever been able to find reruns of Mission: Impossible and The Green Hornet. It also runs shows like Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues, LA Law, Trapper John M.D., and Remington Steele, and it runs episodes of all four Irwin Allen sci-fi shows in a block on Thursday nights. In the daytime, though, it's mostly infomercials, lifestyle shows, things like that. I think. I never paid much attention to its daytime schedule.
If you do not receive the American Life channel, contact your cable-provider today!
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Old May 25 2009, 01:16 AM   #37
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One wonders what it would have been like if they did play it straight...Frank Gorshin's Riddler came close to being a serious character...he played him like you could tell he was a psychopath.
Oh, yeah. I would've loved to see this same cast play it straight. They had a great collection of talent assembled for this show (well, Burt Ward excepted).
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Old May 25 2009, 05:20 AM   #38
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Heck, I bet even Burt Ward could have done a decent job playing a serious Robin.
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Old May 25 2009, 02:40 PM   #39
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^I've seen one or two of Ward's later attempts at acting. Trust me, the only reason he was tolerable as Robin was because this version of Robin demanded only one emotion, namely loud enthusiasm. I don't know if he could've toned his delivery down enough for a version of Batman that wasn't deliberately overplayed, and if he had, what was left would've been too dull to watch.
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Old May 25 2009, 04:10 PM   #40
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If by some miracle the show does eventually get a DVD release, I'll be buying it. I have the DVD of the movie and it never gets boring. Even though Julie Newmar isn't in it.

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Old May 25 2009, 04:17 PM   #41
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I would love for this show to be released on DVD! Its so much fun!
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Old May 25 2009, 04:31 PM   #42
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^Actually it was an ironically faithful recreation of the way Batman comics were actually done in the 1960s

Otherwise, you're right. The Adam West Batman was a sitcom.
Who was the target audience for 'Batman' series during the initial broadcast run [NOT syndication]?
children between 5-12?
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Old May 25 2009, 07:40 PM   #43
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Who was the target audience for 'Batman' series during the initial broadcast run [NOT syndication]?
children between 5-12?
Oh, that's the beauty of it. It was two different shows in one, for two different audiences. Kids watched it as a straight-up comic-book adventure, while adults enjoyed it as a farcical sitcom, catching the satire, in-jokes, and sexual innuendo that flew right over the kids' heads. It was aired in early prime time, 7:30 PM, accessible to all age groups. It was quite popular with college students, just as a lot of prime-time animated shows today are.

As a child, I took the show completely seriously and was genuinely impressed by the action and danger. As a teen, I realized how silly it was and looked on it with disdain. But once I was grown up, I took a fresh look at it, realized it was supposed to be silly, and gained an appreciation for what an innovative, unique comedy it was. And my experience was pretty common. According to producer William Dozier, quoted in The Official Batman Batbook by Joel Eisner (1986, Contemporary Books), p. 11:

I never cease to be in awe of the way it grabbed everybody. Of course, that proved to be the trick of the show, making it amusing to adults. We did a lot of research then, and we discovered that kids became interested in it at about the age of four. At the age of about fifteen or sixteen, they lost interest, because they felt that they were too grown up for it. Then, when they got to be about eighteen or nineteen, they became interested in it again.
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Old May 25 2009, 07:45 PM   #44
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I don't see this show making it to DVD anytime soon, if indeed ever. There's the endless legal wrangling between the networks, and also the random (often unpaid) cameos during the 'wall walking' scenes. Wouldn't they have to individually negotiate with all the actors in those bits?
There's also a problem with some of those cameos being in character. There's one where Ted Cassidy appears in character as Lurch from The Addams Family, for instance.

There's some good info on this here.
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soundtrack theme song

I have a TV theme song CD for 50's-60s and all the songs are in mono.
Does anyone know if the original Batman theme song recording was released in stereo on a CD?
All television shows were mixed in mono in the 1950s-1986 and that would include any music.
I am not talking about a cover by another artist but the original recording used for the TV show mixed in stereo for an album release.

If the original theme song were mixed in stereo for a 70s-80s re-release perhaps the song could be used in stereo on a Blu-ray/DVD release during the shows intro?

Doubtful original elements remain as even with TOS-R the original theme song could not be remixed into stereo or 5.1 surround sound so they decided to re-record it in 2006.
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